Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Autumn

This week, Patti is looking forward to Autumn for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. For so many reasons, autumn is probably my most favorite time of year. Primarily, I love the colors, and then there’s the cooler weather, not to mention less biting bugs and irate red-wing blackbirds. Of course, any time of year is great at the Chicago Botanic Garden but autumn is a very special season full of bright flowers and glowing foliage.

Autumn is one of the few times in the year that most of our family is able to get together and there is nothing more fun than our Family Fall Festival which is usually held at our daughter’s house in Indiana. She really puts on a terrific show with festive decorations that include Halloween characters, many of which are animated. The kids love it!

The Morton Arboretum in Lisle is the ideal place to visit in autumn when the trees are at their most colorful. A membership to the Chicago Botanic Garden gets you into the Arboretum for free and you can spend the day taking in the sights.

And what would autumn be without a trip to the pumpkin farm. This one is in South Barrington, Illinois, but we also visit a couple in Indiana and Wisconsin. They are a little more low-key but usually just as enjoyable.

And finally, one of my all-time favorite Halloween shots. “Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog,” and a Big Mac to go, please.

20 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Autumn

  1. What fun! I love your daughter’s fall festival. The kids must have a great time (and the adults). The Chicago Botanic Gardens is a must-see. I’m sorry we never got there when we lived 2 hours away from Chicago.

    • Thanks, John! I enjoy Halloween much more now that my three girls are grown up and have their own families. It was always such a traumatic time; deciding what costumes to buy or make and then have the youngest kid change her mind three times in one day. I remember sitting up late one night making a parrot costume only to have the recipient turn her nose up at it. I think that was the same year the eldest daughter, dressing as a clown, used bright red lipstick, which proved to be unremovable, on her nose, resulting in a day off school due to major embarrassment. Ah! The good old days!

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